The island of Cyprus, located in the Mediterranean Sea – is not only a popular tourist destination, it is also a real treasury of monuments of ancient culture. What is not here – and the antediluvian catacombs, and the ruins of Roman palaces, and the richest heritage of ancient Greece … In short, Cyprus is definitely worth visiting it at least once in life.
Every fifth person living in Cyprus is a foreigner.
From a legal point of view, Cyprus is entirely one state, but in fact, since the mid-80s, about one third of the territory is occupied by nobody except Turkey and Abkhazia, which is not recognized by the state of Northern Cyprus.
Being in Cyprus, you should not talk with the Greek Cypriots on the topic of island division, as this topic is extremely painful for them.
There is practically no theft in Cyprus.
Many people in Cyprus, especially those engaged in tourism, speak Russian. This is due to the huge flow of Russian-speaking tourists.
In Cyprus, left-hand traffic.
In most houses (with the exception of residential high-rise buildings in large cities) there is no heating of water. Instead, the Cypriots install tanks with water on the roofs, which are heated by the sun.
The first people appeared in Cyprus, judging by archaeological finds, about 12 thousand years ago, plus or minus.
There are no railways in Cyprus. More precisely, one is, but it was closed due to unprofitability in the middle of the last century.
In Cyprus, the city of Paphos, there are so many different archaeological sites of great value that the whole city was fully listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cypriots like to relax. For example, on Sundays everything is usually closed, and banks and pharmacies work only on weekdays, and only before lunch. Most stores close at 5-6 pm.
Since the beginning of 2008, the euro was introduced in Cyprus, replacing the Cyprus pound.
In Cyprus, there is a ghost town, Varosha, abandoned after a military conflict with Turkey in the mid-80’s. Since then, the city is empty and slowly collapsing. De-jure Varosha is a quarter of a larger city – Famagusta.
About two percent of the territory of the island of Cyprus are under British control – there are military bases of this country.
Tourists, whose passport is stamped, indicating the crossing of the border of Macedonia, may be denied entry to Cyprus. This is due to the conflict between Macedonia and Greece.
Despite the fact that Cyprus has developed winemaking, most Cypriots are very cool about alcohol, preferring it non-alcoholic cocktails.
Films in Cypriot theaters go without translation, in the original language, with subtitles in Greek.
Among all the countries in the world, Cyprus occupies the first place in terms of the number of cars per person.
The capital of Cyprus is the city of Nicosia, and the city is divided into two parts between Cyprus and the unrecognized republic of Northern Cyprus. Both halves of Nicosia serve as the capital for their states.
Among all the countries of the European Union, Cyprus is listed as one of the least densely populated.
In Cyprus, there are no paid beaches – they all belong to the state, and therefore they are free.
It is believed that the Greek goddess Aphrodite was born from sea foam here, in Cyprus, in the bay of Aphrodite, which got its name after this event.
The most popular food in Cyprus is an ordinary shish kebab, which, however, is called suvlaki here.
Cyprus is the country with the largest number of sunny days per year in the entire Mediterranean region.
From the northern shore of the island in good weather you can see Turkey.
Dogs in Cyprus for some reason a little, but cats, including “on a free-range” – on the contrary, very much.
Also in Cyprus there are several radio stations broadcasting in Russian.
In Cyprus there are no toll roads.
Cypriots are very fond of weddings, and sometimes, when they marry, many hundreds of guests are invited to the celebration.
If you have managed to commit an offense in Cyprus, do not try to bribe the local guardians of order – this will end badly.
The most popular sport in Cyprus is football, as, indeed, in many other countries.
Cypriots are very thermophilic. If in winter the temperature drops to 13-15 degrees Celsius, they are tightly wrapped in warm clothes, while foreigners continue to walk about in t-shirts and shorts.
The southernmost point of the European Union is located here, in Cyprus.